Have you thought about throwing a great garden party or even just a cozy indoor evening with your friends? Well, you’re going to need some entertainment like music or a film, a room where you can have some fun without being disturbed, and perhaps most importantly, snacks and alcohol. For a really classy evening, it’s hard to ignore a glass of wine. Smooth, sophisticated, and delicious, wine is the perfect choice for a fun party, but only when it pairs well with the right snacks.

To ensure that you’ve got the perfect snacks paired with the right wine, we’ll provide a useful list that’ll help you out when the evening arrives. Red, white, or even Champagne, we’ve got the best suggestions right here. That said, it’s worth keeping in mind that wine can get spilled at a party! If it ends up on clothing, then follow these simple tips to learn how to remove wine stains.

Here are some fantastic wine and snack pairings.

Cheese

For cheddar cheese cubes or even cheese-based chips, it’s never a bad idea to go with Cabernet Sauvignon, as the cheese mixes well with the wine’s blackcurrant flavors.

Hummus dip

Plain biscuits, pretzels, or even cucumber and carrot sticks are a good addition to any hummus dip, but for the wine? You could go for either Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc (white wines) or Pinot Noir and Chianti (red wines), so the choice is yours based on your wine preference.

Nuts

As nuts can come in many varieties, it’s not as easy to suggest just one type of wine. Therefore, we suggest to mix almonds and Sauvignon Blanc, peanuts and Chardonnay, walnuts and Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon, and mixed nuts and dried fruit with Chianti.

Popcorn

While Chardonnay works great for buttery popcorn, we think it works just as well for salty popcorn, too. If you’re feeling especially grandiose, try some Champagne or any other type of sparkling wine with your popcorn. Plus, how can you watch a film and not have popcorn?

Potato chips

For classic potato chips, it’s hard to go past Pinot Grigio to help balance out the taste of the oil and salt in the chips. That said, if you’ve got chips with an onion or sour cream flavor, merlot is a top pick. Something like Zinfandel also works great for classic pretzels or any chips with a BBQ flavor.

Tortilla chips

If you’ve got yourself some salty tortilla chips, then a light, crisp Pinot Grigio helps to balance out the salt taste. If you’re adding dips, then this changes the game just slightly. With salsa, go for Chardonnay due to the fruity flavor. Nachos are great with Zinfandel or Syrah, and if you’ve got guacamole, then we highly recommend a super chilled Torrontés (and we mean very cold).

Of course, part of the fun of these parties is to try out new varieties of snacks and wines. But if you want to play your cards right and stick to flavors that will complement each other, then follow our guide and have a great evening!

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